Artist Taylor Cox combines the realism of beach life with abstract constructs on a colorful miniaturist format
Based in Atlanta, GA, artist Taylor Cox has created a unique style that is both fun and inspiring. Combining an abstract form and realistic action and characters — often of beach or mountain scenes — Cox has developed a unique approach to form and function.
According to her website bio, she received her B.F.A in Drawing and Painting from Kennesaw State University in 2013. There, she gained experience and insight as a painter of nudes, exhibition coordinator, and full-time critique attendee. Her work has been exhibited across the country, abroad and at Swan Coach House Gallery, Kibbee Gallery and MOCA-GA in Atlanta, Ga.
We found artist Taylor Cox on Instagram and thought her collection was memorable and eye-catching. She was kind enough to respond to a few questions to give her take on her amazing abstraction and miniature paintings.
Artistic Fuel: How early on do you remember creating art?
I remember painting on an easel lined with paper outside in the summer with my brother and friends when I was very young. My mom is a quilter and is very crafty so I was always working on different craft projects. It wasn’t until middle school that I distinctly remember making artwork that my mom actually wanted to frame.
A|F: What inspires your work, and have you seen the inspiration change
over the years?
Experimentation is what usually leads to inspiration for me. I can recall sitting in my studio one day and I had no inspiration whatsoever. So I just sat there and looked around my messy studio. I had hung up a few paintbrushes on my wall and thought about the possibility of turning one into an actual piece of art. So I dipped it in a tub of paint and let it dry. Once it was dry I painted a swimmer in it and that is how I got my paintbrush series. Inspiration finds me working. I would say that the inspiration for my work has stayed pretty consistent over the past 4 years. For me, it is about playing around with different abstract worlds and envisioning how the people fit into those worlds.
A|F: What’s keeping artist Taylor Cox motivated in 2020?
2020 has been a very hard year for every single person. I had plans for a lot of series releases, but I took a break in March when everything shut down. I have spoken to several artists who have all had moments the past few months, where they had no desire to paint. When that happens to me I know it means I need a break. If I am still having a hard time I usually start experimenting. That sparks some excitement and then I can’t wait to get back to my studio every day. I am very thankful for the many commissions I have received during this time as well. Without them, I am not sure if I would still be able to continue as a full-time artist.